Department of Computer Science

Department of Biology

Integrated Bioscience (IB)

University of Akron

Choose Ohio First

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Choose Ohio First for Bioinformatics Scholarship

OVERVIEW. The University of Akron Choose Ohio First for Bioinformatics Scholarship has been renewed. UA has been awarded funding by the Choose Ohio First Program to provide 14 bioinformatics undergraduate and/or graduate scholarships with a maximum size of $4800 per student for the academic year 2016/17. The scholarships are merit-based and to be awarded to academically talented students with an emphasis on academic excellence, leadership, and preparation for a future career in science and technology.  Students who wish to apply may major in a range of academic disciplines that utilize computer science to manage/analyze biological data.


ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must be residents of Ohio (in-state). Entering undergraduates should rank in the top of his or her high school graduating class and demonstrate academic merit. Transfer and returning undergraduates will be evaluated on their previous college record and statement of interest in the area. Prospective graduate students should have completed a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or better, have a background in computer science, biology or related field, and show promise in the area of bioinformatics.


SCHOLARSHIP OBLIGATION. Student recipients of a Choose Ohio First for Bioinformatics Scholarship are required to remain in good academic standing within their major with a GPA of at least 3.0, take at least one course related to bioinformatics, participate in research activities related to bioinformatics, and progress toward at least a minor in computer science or biology or a related field. The scholarship recipients are required to report their progress to their mentors regularly. In addition, the students are required to attend at least 3 bioinformatics seminars and write a short synopsis of each seminar in addition to a primary literature review of one seminar speakerís paper. Toward the end of the year, the students are required to present their research results at Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference or other related professional conferences.  

Interested students should email the application materials (in pdf format with a subject line: Choose Ohio First for Bioinformatics) to Dr. Londraville at londraville@uakron.edu. The materials should include 1) the most recent academic transcript, 2) one letter of professional recommendation, and 3) a one page statement of interest/essay that details how bioinformatics relates to their career plans. Previous awardees are encouraged to reapply, but they should emphasize accomplishments achieved under the last scholarship, as well as plans for this scholarship, in this application. The application deadline: September 30th, 2016.



Dr. Zhong-Hui Duan

Dr. Richard Londraville


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Scholarship Committee

Choose Ohio First for Bioinformatics Scholarship Program
Department of Computer Science

Department of Biology

The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-4003










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